CHRIS Charles joined hands with Freddie Goldstein to power Hi-Tech Bangkok City past the Saigon Heat, 88-71, for its fourth straight win in the ASEAN Basketball League in Bangkok.
Charles, the former league MVP, topscored with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and seven blocked shots as Hi-Tech remained unbeaten in the tournament.
“We did a good job defensively,” Charles said later. “Guys were rotating, it was just a team effort. Everybody played their part today. The locals got a chance to come in, and get some points which was great, especially being at home.”
Hi-Tech trailed the Heat in the second quarter following a Moses Morgan three-pointer, but regained its bearing back just before the break to take a 45-38 lead at the half.
Charles, Goldstein, and Steven Thomas then took charge and dominated inside to give the home team a 65-50 edge, which ballooned to as much as 23 later in the fourth period.
Making matter worse for the Heat was the technical foul called on coach Tony Garboletto for complaining against the referees following the flagrant foul whistled on Sukhdave Ghogar. Garboletto walked out of the playing court as soon as he was given the ‘T.’
Lenny Daniel finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Saigon, which fell to a 1-3 (win-loss) record.